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Alice in Wonderland

Published 1903

The first movie version of Lewis Caroll's novel "Alice in Wonderland", directed by Cecil Hepworth. The copy is bad, but - in some degree - watchable. Listed as Public Domain by Wikipedia.

Run time 8 min 19 sec
Producer Cecil Hepworth
Production Company Hepworth Manufacturing Co.
Audio/Visual silent, b/w


Reviewer: AliceWhiteRabbit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2014
Subject: love it
I actually love that it looks old, it adds to it i think :). It shows age and well makes it all that bit more eery. I really do find this an awesome silent movie.
Reviewer: Greg K - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2010
Subject: Restored Version from BFI
The restored version (including color tints) by the BFI is on YouTube:
Reviewer: lunaloonette - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2010
Subject: loved it
it was so awesoe watching the orginal alice in wonderland wish it had sound tho i love the setting u can so tell they did it in a park!
lewis carrols alice in wonderland is incredible
u shud all read through the looking glass
favorite book
Reviewer: robbo4 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2009
Subject: Early Alice
This earliest film of Alice in Wonderland is an amazing find for it's early use of both the camera and a look into special effects techniques being invented at the time. I remember seeing it in a torrent file with an essay that outlined the entire production and the players used. Another great backward dive into the looking glass is the early 30's version of the story that features W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty and also includes Cary Grant (as the March Hare)and Gary Cooper, among others...It would be great if anyone could dig that one up and upload it as a file here.
Reviewer: Cevad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2009
Subject: A True Classic!
Wow! How wonderful to see a version of "Alice" that isn't a copy of the Disney cartoon "sweet and innocent" version. Not that this isn't innocent but it seems a bit more demented which is how I have always imagined the story in my head.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll's character is arguably a bit questionable concerning his relationship with Alice Liddell for whom many believe he wrote the the "Alice" and the "Through the Looking Glass" stories. That aside, this is a great piece of film and it is sad that more wasn't saved from the savage hands of time.

I so wish that I could go back in time and watch these films as they were first shown!
Reviewer: dracula lugosi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2008
Subject: dont mention amc in your coment
they dont show classics anymore
good movie
looks unrestroable sadly hopefully if we find london after midnight it will be in good shape
Reviewer: Hamhead - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2008
Subject: Nitrate film
It's not the quality is bad, but the film is in the advanced stage of decompsition. Untill 1952, Nitrate filmstock was used which was flammable and deteriorated over time. When you hear people on AMC and TCM talking about "preserving film", think about this movie. Judging by the picture, this was saved at the 11th hour before during to dust.
Reviewer: Pussing - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 29, 2008
Subject: Correction
This movie of Alice in Wonderland stars May Clark not Mae Clarke. They are 2 totally seperate actresses. Mae Clarke was born in 1910 so, of course, couldn't have been in this 1903 movie.
Reviewer: Yummy le Poo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2008
Subject: Wonderful video.
I downloaded the lo-fi mpeg4 and put on some ambient background music. The blend of film and digital artifacts was mesmerizing! I wish the movie was longer :)
Reviewer: movieman16 - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2008
Subject: Alice
I thought even tho the quality was not that great, the content was superb.I would rate higher if the print had been better.
Reviewer: rq52 - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2008
Subject: you're right, it is a bad copy
It's a bad copy, but you get the gist of what the film is about. The actrss name is Mae Clarke
who is notable for her role in numerous Hal Roach
production of the 1920's and 1930's along Laurel and Hardy. Three stars for a good attempt of bringing Carrol's work to the screen the first time and and none for the copy. (These films were shown on nicheloeons in that time)
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